This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to today’s matinee featuring the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
With the early-afternoon puck drop in Minnesota, the Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate, but check back here prior to puck drop for any and all updates.Last updated: 1:30 p.m.
CARRICK IN, WARD IN NET1:30 p.m.
Trevor Carrick will draw into the Hurricanes lineup today in place of Ryan Murphy, who is out with an upper-body injury. Cam Ward gets the start in net.
Puck drop from Xcel Energy Center is coming up!
CANES CLOSE OUT ROAD TRIP IN MINNESOTA6:00 a.m.
A five-game road swing that punctuated a road-heavy first half of the month of March for the Carolina Hurricanes will draw to a close with a matinee puck drop in Minnesota.
The Hurricanes suffered their first regulation loss since the trade deadline (3-1-3) on Thursday, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Phil Di Giuseppe and Riley Nash tallied for the Hurricanes, while Sidney Crosby’s two goals were the difference-maker for Pittsburgh.
The Penguins fired off 48 shots on Eddie Lack, 22 of which were in the first period alone. It was the most shots the Hurricanes had surrendered in a game this season and the most in a single period since Jan. 21, 2012, when the Canes allowed 23 in the second period of a 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders.
Cleaning up certain aspects of their game in an attempt to play more of a possession game against the Wild was a focus of practice on Friday.
“We had a good little skate here today and worked on some things,” head coach Bill Peters said. “We’ve got to get back to playing a little quicker, playing with more pace, having the puck, spending some time in the offensive zone. Last night specifically we spent too much time defending.”
The Minnesota Wild is coming off a 7-4 defeat in New Jersey on Thursday night. As of Friday afternoon, Minnesota trails Colorado by a point in the Western Conference’s wild card race.
“I think you’re going to see two hungry teams,” Peters said. “Both teams coming off losses and both teams in dire need of points. I think you’ll see a real competitive game tomorrow.”
The status of defenseman Ryan Murphy is questionable for today’s game. He missed practice on Friday with an upper-body concern.
“We’ll give it the rest of the day and get an assessment on him in the morning,” Peters said.
In the event Murphy cannot play, the Hurricanes recalled Trevor Carrick from Charlotte on Friday evening. Carrick made his NHL debut in Washington on Tuesday, a short-notice fill-in for Ron Hainsey, who had fallen ill.
“He played real good in Washington,” Peters said. “I thought he settled in and made real smart decisions with the puck. He moved it crisply. Game two should be a little easier for him.”CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes have won four of the last nine meetings between these two teams, and they’ve earned at least a point in seven of the last 10. … Thirteen of the 19 all-time meetings between these two teams have been decided by one goal or fewer (two ties).
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